Hey, thanks for coming by today! I’m back after fighting a cold over the weekend, and it’s really good to be crafting again!
Cross stitch is really popular with card makers these days, and Paper Smooches even makes a die that cuts out all the tiny holes. But I don’t have the die, and really, you don’t need it. All you need is a piece of graph paper, and something sharp for poking holes through your paper. I found a awesome website that lets you print out graph paper in several different sizes, so your project can be any size you want! For the card above I used this paper here.
I laid my graph paper over my panel, to see how much room I had to work with. Then I started sketching. If you search for simple cross stitch patterns, you’ll be amazed at what you find. They have patterns to make anything! The hearts were my own design, but I found the snowflakes here, and the lights were inspired by a bracelet, found here.
Once I chose my design, I taped my panel behind the graph paper with Post It tape. Make sure you use a heavy weight paper to keep your stitches from tearing out of your card. I’m using watercolor paper today, and I die cut it with the Postage Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp. Next you’ll need something sharp to poke holes in your paper. An awl would be perfect, but a safety pin or a thumbtack would work fine, too. I’m working on a mouse pad, so I can poke holes without creasing the paper.
Here you have two options: pierce all the holes, or only the ones you need. If you don’t enjoy counting stitches, I highly suggest the second choice! I did one of each, and it saved me so much time by only poking the holes I needed. My holes were a little uneven, but it doesn’t really matter too much.
I’m using DMC six strand embroidery floss, and I’m only using 2 strands at a time. You can use more to give your stitches a fuller look. I started on the left side, and made 5 diagonal stitches across the holes, and then 5 more going the other way to complete the x. The only other stitch I used is the backstitch, on the snowflake card below. You can learn about other kinds of stitches here.
Whoops, almost forgot my sentiment! This is from the Here We Come A Caroling stamp set by Catherine Pooler. I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and heat embossed it in clear. Okay, back to stitching.
I finished stamping all of the lights, and glued down a piece of black cording to connect them. I guess I could have stitched the cord, too, but I like the dimension it gives to the card. Now you could stop right here, but the card feels unfinished to me.
I stamped a few pine boughs at the top of the panel, and added lots of gems to the lights, and berries to the boughs. You’ve got to have lots of bling at Christmas, right? Then I attached it to my blue card base with foam tape, because the stitching keeps the paper from laying flat.
For the second version, I used this paper and this pattern, and it filled most of my panel. You can see I poked all of the holes, and I like the look, even if I did get lost once. Hey, I’m still a beginner! I added sequins and beads for a little shine, and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.
Have you ever tried cross stitch on a Christmas card? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!